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Florida will need a strong final day to rally for an NCAA Team Championship

Saturday March 29, 2014Marcin Cieslak's 2nd National Title, Two 2nd Place Finishes Highlight NCAAs Day 2 for Florida

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Florida will need a strong final day to rally for an NCAA Team Championship

Florida Swimming and Diving finished the second day of competition at the 2014 NCAA Championships in third place, but remain less than 40 points behind first place Texas and second place California heading into the final day of the meet. The Orange and Blue are looking forward to making a late charge on ‘Gator Day,’ arguably the teams’ strongest day of the meet.

 

On day two, senior Marcin Cieslak won his second NCAA Championship of the meet, third of his career and Florida’s 43rd overall NCAA title with a first place swim in the 100 butterfly. Cieslak swim of 44.87 was the eighth fastest time ever recorded in the event and a new Florida school record. Cieslak was fifth after qualifying following a prelim swim of 45.52.

 

With the victory, Cieslak brought home Florida’s fourth ever 100 fly NCAA title after Associate Head Coach Anthony Nesty won the event from 1990-1992. After yesterday’s 200 IM title and last season’s 800 free relay title, Cieslak became the 10th Gator to win three NCAA titles in his career. The Warsaw, Poland native finished second in the 100 fly, 200 fly and 200 individual medley last season, and will look to go a perfect three for three in events when he swims in the 200 fly tomorrow.

 

In the 400 individual medley, junior Dan Wallace shot up from sixth in prelims (3:41.93) to second in the championship final after a spectacular swim of 3:38.17. Wallace’s performance was the seventh fastest ever swim and the third fastest in UF history.

 

Wallace’s swim places him behind Gators Greats and Olympic gold medalists Ryan Lochte and Conor Dwyer in the UF record books. The North Berwick, Scotland native has finished second twice in two events (500 free on Day 1) after entering the meet with third place as his highest previous finish.

 

The 800 freestyle relay team of Mitch D’Arrigo, Sebastien Rousseau, Cieslak and Wallace were unable to repeat as champions, but the foursome fought for a second place finish in UF’s fourth fastest all-time swim of 6:14.74. The result was key because it gave the Gators a boost over Texas and Cal, who placed fifth and sixth in the event.

 

Sounds Bites:

“I really disliked getting second so many times, so I made sure that I was not going to get second this time around. It’s going pretty good for me so far. I was hoping to final after not feeling great in prelims. I knew I would be faster at night. My underwaters were good and I hit the walls perfectly. I swam the race I planned to.”- Marcin Cieslak on the win.

 

“We had a good day. We were especially good this evening. Guys came back with a lot of character tonight and raced tough. We feel like our best day is tomorrow. We feel like we’ve done a pretty good job of doing what we needed to do. We need to come back tomorrow morning and make sure we get our guys in scoring position. We’ll enjoy ourselves and keep racing.”- Head Coach Gregg Troy

 

“Marcin likes the big lights. When he shows up, he likes to race. He’s not a speed merchant, but he can do a good job if you keep him in the race. He’s going to be in there at the end. I’m pleased with his versatility. He came back in the 800 freestyle and swam well. Dan’s (Wallace) come a long way the last couple of years. It was a great race. He’s just off of our school record. It took a tremendous race to beat him. He came back and anchored our relay, and just ran out of room at the end.”- Troy

 

Championship Finals:

·         Freshman Mitch D’Arrigo snuck into the ‘A’ final of the 200 freestyle after his mark of 1:33.56, which was the eighth fastest ever for UF. He placed seventh overall after a final swim of 1:33.97. D’Arrigo was the only freshman in the championship final and now has two top-eight finishes for the meet after finishing sixth in yesterday’s 500 free.

·         Florida’s 200 medley relay team of Christian-Paul Homer, Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, Cieslak and  Brad deBorde placed fifth overall with a mark of 1:24.82. The same group was in sixth after qualifying with a time of 1:24.88.

 

Medley Madness: Florida took care of business in the consolation final of the 400 IM by going 1-2-3.

·         Sebastien Rousseau won the race in UF’s sixth best all-time mark of 3:40.77.

·         Matt Elliott was second in UF’s eighth fastest all-time mark of 3:41.24.

·         Connor Signorin touched in 3:43.41 to finish third.

 

Best Breast: The Gators earned a pair of ‘B’ final swims in the 100 breaststroke on the heels of Elliott’s swim of 52.95, which is second best all-time for UF, and Solaeche-Gomez (52.47). In the final, Solaeche-Gomez finished second in a new UF record time of 52.35. Elliott was 16th overall after a mark of 53.04.

 

Backs to the Wall: Freshman Jack Blyzinskyj made the consolation final in the 100 backstroke in his first career NCAA after posting a time of 46.36 and winning a three way swim off for the last two spots against a pair of SEC freshman. Blyzinskyj then placed 16th overall in the finals with a swim of 46.98.

 

Gators 2014 NCAA All-America Honorees

Swimmer

First Team All-America (top-8)

Honorable Mention All-America (top-16)

Jack Blyzinskyj (1)

 

100 Back

Marcin Cieslak (5)

100 Fly, 200 IM, 200 Medley Relay, 400 Medley Relay, 800 Free Relay

Matthew Curby (1)

200 Free Relay

Mitch D’Arrigo (3)

200 Free, 500 Free, 800 Free Relay

 

Brad deBorde (4)

50 Free, 200 Free Relay, 200 Medley Relay, 400 Medley Relay

Matt Elliott (3)

400 Medley Relay

400 IM, 100 Breast

Christian-Paul Homer (1)

200 Medley Relay

 

Corey Main (2)

200 Free Relay, 400 Medley Relay

Sebastien Rousseau (3)

200 Free Relay, 800 Free Relay

400 IM

Connor Signorin (1)

 

400 IM

Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (4)

200 Medley Relay ,400 Medley Relay

200 IM, 100 Breast

Dan Wallace (3)

500 Free, 400 IM, 800 Free Relay

 

 

Top-10 Standings:

1.

Texas

318.5

2.

California

312

3.

FLORIDA

279

4.

Michigan

225

5.

Georgia

200

6.

Southern Cal

140

7.

Arizona

135.5

8.

Auburn

121

9.

Stanford

117

10.

Florida State

96

 

Records Broken:

·         Pool Records

o    Marcin Cieslak (200 IM, 1:40.58)

·         UF Records

o    Brad deBorde (50 freestyle, 18.86)

o    Marcin Cieslak (100 fly, 44.87)

o    Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (100 breast, 52.35)

o    200 freestyle relay (1:16.52)

o    400 medley relay (3:04.77)

 

Gators Under Troy at NCAA:

·         1999-00: 2nd SECs; 9th NCAAs

·         2000-01: 3rd SECs; 8th NCAAs

·         2001-02: 2nd SECs; 4th NCAAs

·         2002-03: 2nd SECs; 6th NCAAs

·         2003-04: 2nd SECs; 6th NCAAs

·         2004-05: 2nd SECs; 5th NCAAs

·         2005-06: 2nd SECs; 5th NCAAs

·         2006-07: 2nd SECs; 4th NCAAs

·         2007-08: 2nd SECs; 8th NCAAs

·         2008-09: 2ndSECs; 5th NCAAs

·         2009-10: 2nd SECs; 5th NCAAs

·         2010-11: 2nd SECs; 5th NCAAs

·         2011-12: 2nd SECs; 8th NCAAs

·         2012-13: 1st SECs; 6th NCAAs

·         2013-14: 1st SECs;

 

NCAA History: The Gators last won the NCAA title in 1984. Including Marcin Cieslak’s victories, Florida men have won a total of 43 NCAA titles (33 individual and 10 relays). Ryan Lochte ranks atop the program with seven career NCAA titles and Associate Head Coach Anthony Nesty ranks second with five career NCAA titles.

 

NCAA Info: Texas has created a microsite that contains all of the information you need to follow along at the NCAA Championships. For that information, please click here.

 

Order of Events:

TRIALS – SATURDAY, MARCH 22 (11 a.m.)

16. 200-yard Backstroke

17. 100-yard Freestyle

18. 200-yard Breaststroke

19. 200-yard Butterfly

20. Platform

21. 400-yard Freestyle Relay

 

FINALS – SATURDAY, MARCH 22 (7 p.m.)

15. 1,650-yard Freestyle—Last heat of time finals

16. 200-yard Backstroke

17. 100-yard Freestyle

18. 200-yard Breaststroke

19. 200-yard Butterfly

20. Platform Diving—Finals*

21. 400-yard Freestyle Relay

 

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